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Weekend Wellness: The Nutrition Rainbow 


Many years ago, I adopted the notion of eating a rainbow of colors.  I knew this would  give me loads of antioxidant, vitamins and minerals, anti inflammatory properties and nutrient dense, calorically low whole foods.  Here’s a deeper look in to my notion:

Red Fruits and Vegetables
Contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases. Continue reading


Weekend Wellness – The Trees of Life

Week-End Wellness

By Tammy Parkinson, CPT, ACSM, NASM, Nutritionist, Body Firm Personal Training & Nutrition

roots sketchJanuary has been a month of getting “grounded, or rooted.” This will most likely flow into February and even early March. It seems this year more than ever, so many of us have needed to take a pause and “reset.” 

We love the crazy and fun times during November and December, but once January hits, we are exhausted, confused, emotional and not quite ourselves. This is why this precious time of becoming “still” and getting centered is so vital. We need time to renew and take stock in who we are again! 

As we enter into a new month, many of us are getting a grip on what direction we are now headed. It’s important however to take this path carefully and with authenticity…whether fast or slow, do it true to what is calling to you. As always, I like to link this theme with our health. It’s important to take the time to let one’s roots sink in just like it is important to be decisive with a goal for our health, our exercise routines and our nutritional habits. Because of this, as we start ramping up on our fitness again, consider being deliberate with your goals. If you want to ride your first Century bike ride for example, start now with a plan on how to progressively become prepared…get your foundation in order during these early months. Continue reading

Myth vs. Reality

Week-End Wellness

By Tammy Parkinson, CPT, ACSM, NASM, Nutritionist, Body Firm Personal Training & Nutrition

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In my line of work, I hear a lot of terrific tips…as well as a lot of very confusing marketing “ploys”…

Here’s a little test for you to determine what’s a myth and what’s truth in every day grocery life:



  1. Sugar is fattening
  2. A salad is always your best option
  3. To remove all the fat from poultry, remove the skin
  4. 2% milk is considered low fat
  5. No sugar added means there is no sugar in the product
  6. Reduced fat is considered the best choice for a low fat meal
  7. Always choose peanut butter without cholesterol
  8. Chili, green tea and ginger speeds up your metabolism
  9. Nuts and cheese are great protein options
  10. Cereal is a terrific breakfast choice Continue reading